Adrenalin is pumping as the long-awaited much between India and Pakistan is very close (scheduled for 2nd September). Team India is prepared for the challenges ahead and has reached Sri Lanka for their first match against Pakistan.
India's head coach, Rahul Dravid sheds some light on team India's batting line up and clears doubts related to the 'experimentation' stage. Rahul Dravid recently confirmed that KL Rahul will be missing the first two matches and will join the squad later on if he is ready to perform.
Dravid looks forward to seeing how Shreyas Iyer performs in the Asia Cup, and it will be interesting to see how well Shreyas Iyer can serve his role as a batsman.
Rahul Dravid on Team India's batting line up
In a recent interview, Rahul Dravid talks about trying out players for the no.4 and no.5 spot and gives an in-depth explanation.
"To be honest, this word 'experimentation' gets thrown around a lot without actually being thought through," Dravid said as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "It's not like we're experimenting for the sake of experimenting. There are specific reasons why you have to do that.
For example, No.4 and No.5 gets discussed a lot and it gives an impression that we don't have clarity on who is going to be there,but to be honest, I could have told you 18 or 19 months ago who were the two or three candidates that we were looking at for No.4 or 5 slot.
Dravid talks about Shreyas Iyer: It was always going to be between Shreyas [Iyer], KL [Rahul] and Rishabh [Pant]. "He has looked good. He has had no issues. It's pretty straightforward - he has come and he has played. It's now just about us giving him some game time.
One of the things he has missed is games and matches. It's something we can give him in Asia Cup and build him up for the World Cup. In terms of fitness, everything he has done well in the camp - he has batted, fielded well, ticked all the boxes.
Except of course the game time. He has played some practice games, but that's not like the real thing like international cricket. Fortunately, we've got some game now with Asia Cup and a few games with Australia to top that up and give him the opportunity to tick that box as well".